WHL’s Clague and Kehler earn CHL top honour
Wheat Kings’ Kale Clague named CHL Player of the Wee
Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Los Angeles Kings prospect Kale Clague of the Brandon Wheat Kings is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 8 after recording eight points in three games including five goals and three assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-9.
Clague recorded a trio of multi-point performances for the Wheat Kings who won all three games of their weekend Alberta road trip. Starting off in Edmonton Friday night, the defenceman netted his first career hat-trick which featured an even strength, power play, and shorthanded marker, earning first star honours in the 7-3 win over the Oil Kings. Clague was named first star again Saturday night in Red Deer with two goals and one assist in a 5-2 win over the Rebels, and finished the weekend with two assists as part of a 5-3 win over the Calgary Hitmen on Sunday.
A 19-year-old from Lloydminster, Alta., Clague is playing his fourth season with the Wheat Kings who selected sixth overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. The second round pick of the Kings in the 2016 NHL Draft has produced at a rate of 2.40 points-per-game since returning from his NHL Camp collecting 12 points through five contests. Clague was a member of Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship and in just 48 games of WHL action last season tallied five goals and 35 assists.
Also considered for the award this week was Vegas Golden Knights prospect Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack with three goals and four assists for seven points in two games, and Anthony Poulin of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada who recorded seven points in three games with four goals and three assists.
2017-18 CHL Players of the Week:
Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Tyler Steenbergen (Swift Current Broncos)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Kole Lind (Kelowna Rockets)
Winterhawks’ Cole Kehler named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week
Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Cole Kehler of the Portland Winterhawks is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending October 8 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .945.
Kehler stopped 52 shots last week in a pair of victories over U.S Division rivals the Spokane Chiefs helping the Winterhawks take over first place with a 5-1-0-0 record. On Friday night Kehler’s 30-save performance earned him first star honours in the 6-1 win at Spokane, then on Sunday he made 22 saves as part of a 7-2 win over the Chiefs on home ice for his fourth straight victory to open the 2017-18 season.
A native of Altona, Man., Kehler turns 20-years-old in December and is competing in his fourth and final WHL season. He played his first two seasons with the Kamloops Blazers who selected him in the sixth round of the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft before joining the Winterhawks for the 2016-17 campaign where he posted a 32-17-0-3 record with two shutouts along with a goals-against of 3.10 and save percentage of .910. So far this season he carries a 4-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 2.25 and save percentage of .907.
Also considered for the award this week was Samuel Harvey of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies who posted a 1-0-0-1 record with 49 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.44 and save percentage of .942, and Edmonton Oilers prospect Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes who made 84 saves with a 1-0-0-1 record along with a goals-against-average of 1.92 and save percentage of .955.
2017-18 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:
Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)
Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Dereck Baribeau (Quebec Remparts)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)